Ballmer spells out Microsoft's new ASP strategy

Ballmer spells out Microsoft's new ASP strategy

The world's largest software vendor will become an application service provider, letting users rent its applications.


face="Arial,Helvetica,Geneva" size="2" color="#FF0000">Steve Ballmer'Software will all evolve to become a service,' said Microsoft Corp. president Steve Ballmer during the company's recent annual Government Leaders Conference held in Seattle.

'In 10 years, will people buy software or use software services? Most will use software services because it's more convenient,' Ballmer said.

Company officials used the gathering to tout Microsoft's .Net initiative. Under .Net, all Microsoft products will have Extensible Markup Language embedded for greater scalability and interoperability.

'Thomas R. Temin

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